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Rare Gucci Italian Black Lizard Leather Handbag - Shoulder Bag c 1970s



Extremely rare Gucci Italian black lizard leather handbag - shoulder bag c 1970s The chic retro Italian structured handbag is constructed with a glossy black lizard skin leather covering Adorned with Gucci's iconic wood bamboo handle. Paired with a sleek gilt & chrome metal link shoulder strap. The versatile design transitions from a chic top handle handbag; converts into a stylish shoulder bag carried with the stationary chain strap Designed with gilt metal rotating locks on the front exterior The gilt metal hardware that secures the wood bamboo handle is engraved G. Gucci The interior is lined in smooth black leather designed with a slip pocket & zippered compartment. The zipper is paired with Gucci's gilt metal knight pull tab charm Makes a very chic, timeless accessory Measurements: The length across the lid cover side to side = 8.5 inches The height from the lid cover to the bag base = 6.25 inches The drop length from top of the center handle to the bag base = 9.25 in The drop length from top of the chain strap to the bag base = 22 inches The depth on the sides measures 2 inches


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.25 in. (15.88 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)Length: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)
  • Style
    Classic (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    The exterior is constructed with glossy black lizard skin. Paired with a wood bamboo handle and a silver & gilt metal link shoulder strap chain. The interior is lined in smooth black leather.
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Extremely nice pre-owned vintage condition.
  • Seller Location
    University City, MO
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU73614356192

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About the Designer


Long before trend-bucking creative director Alessandro Michele brought his hallucinatory “Utopian Fantasy” campaign to Gucci, it was a modest Italian leather shop. Today, it’s an internationally renowned luxury house with an iconic logo, and vintage Gucci clothing, handbags and shoes are among high fashion's most covetable goods.

Guccio Gucci (1881–1953) admired the stylish suitcases he saw wealthy guests arrive with at the Savoy Hotel in London, where he worked as a bellhop. So, in 1921, after a stint at Franzi, a luggage company in his hometown of Florence, he opened a leather goods shop of his own.

At first, Gucci’s Florence business specialized in equestrian accessories. But as its reputation flourished, particularly among the English aristocracy, so too did its footprint. In 1938, he brought three of his sons — Aldo, Vasco and Rodolfo — into the business and expanded it to Rome and later Milan. In the mid-1930s, a League of Nations embargo against Italy pushed Gucci to experiment with alternatives to imported leather. Its woven hemp fabric from Naples, adorned with the brand’s signature diamond print, was a hit, especially among A-list celebrities. The material was first used on suitcases before finding enduring popularity on handbags. (No list of revered designer purses would be complete without Gucci.)

In the 1950s, Elizabeth Taylor carried one of Gucci’s bamboo-handled tote bags, another adaptation to material rationing. After Jackie Kennedy was seen sporting a slouchy Gucci tote in 1961, it was renamed for the First Lady. Then Grace Kelly, on a visit to the boutique in Milan, inspired Rodolfo Gucci to work with Italian illustrator and Gucci textile designer Vittorio Accornero on the Flora print in 1966. Taking cues from Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera, with its pattern of flora and insects, it was painted entirely by hand and featured no fewer than 37 colors.

In 1953, just 15 days after opening his first store on New York’s 5th Avenue, Guccio passed away at 72. The early 1970s saw store openings in Tokyo and Hong Kong, but by the late 1980s, Gucci was floundering. Rodolfo Gucci took charge in 1982, but family drama and lawsuits ensued. In 1993, Rodolfo’s son, Maurizio, transferred his shares in the company to Investcorp, ending the family’s involvement in Gucci. Dawn Mello, then-president of Bergdorf Goodman, joined as creative director in 1989. But it was Tom Ford, who took over as creative director in 1994, who ultimately revived the brand.

Ford’s racy ads, shot by photographers such as Mario Testino, stirred controversy. And his potent vision of sexed-up femininity — with “jewel-toned satin shirts unbuttoned to there,” as Vogue described his breakthrough 1995 runway show — was wildly successful. The new millennium brought new ownership — Pinault Printemps Redoute in 2004 — and a more toned-down vision from Frida Giannini, who became sole creative director in 2006. Alessandro Michele was named creative director in 2015, and the storied brand took a giant leap forward.

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